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Denise M Wilson
E E 539
Seattle Campus

Advanced Topics in Solid-State Electronics

Lectures or discussions of topics of current interest in the field of solid-state electronics for advanced graduate students having adequate preparation in solid-state theory. Subject matter may vary according to the interests of students and faculty. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

EE539 emphasizes effective design and integration of chemical and biological sensors into functioning, well engineered systems for real-world applications. Topics include both solid-state (such as electrochemical, ISFET, ChemFET, resis- tive) and optical (such as luminescent including phosphorescent and fluorescent, colorimetric, surface plasmon resonance) sensors for chemical and biological sensing. EE539 examines the sensor (and its relevant chemistry at a 30,000 foot view level appropriate to an EE background), the interface, hardware and signal processing, and system level issues associated with viability of the system for real world problems. We look at chemical and biological sensing systems through the lens of solving contemporary problems that require these types of sensors or systems.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to delineate the governing mechanisms and equations for major classes of chemical and biological sensing systems.

Students will be able to apply these governing mechanisms to compare and contrast the use of different sensors/systems for a particular problem.

Students will be able to critically review a peer-reviewed scientific journal article for accuracy of results, quality of presentation,

Students will be able to compare and contrast the benefits and disadvantages between chemical or biological sensors for solving particular sensing problems.

Students will be able to describe the major contemporary barriers in chemical and biological sensing that limit commercial viability.

Students will be able to describe major contemporary problems that require the use of chemical and biological sensors as part of their solution.

General method of instruction

We will alternate between (a) Presentation of content via interactive instruction on particular categories of sensors; and (b) Critically reviewing a contemporary journal article of interest to the category of sensors under study and to student interest.

Recommended preparation

Students enrolling in EE539 should have basic chemistry and circuits background (undergraduate level) and experience in (or strong desire to learn) reading scientific (peer-reviewed) journal articles.

Class assignments and grading

Students will complete (a) a term paper that critiques a journal article of their choice with respect to the sensors and systems discussed in class; and (b) an optional format (take-home written or oral) comprehensive examination of the topics/content/principles emphasized in the course.

40% Term Paper 40% Exam 10% Class Participation 10% (one time) Discussion Lead


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Denise M Wilson
Date: 11/12/2008